Company ordered to pay millions to Monsanto

MonsantoAP) — A federal judge has denied a motion for a new trial from a north Mississippi company sued by Monsanto Co. for saving seeds from one harvest and planting them the following season.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mills ruled that Mitchell and Eddie Scruggs owe Monsanto Co. $6.3 million damages as a jury found in 2010. Prejudgment interest dating back to 2000 has increased the amount to $8.9 million.

In 2006, as court found Mitchell Scruggs, Eddie Scruggs and their business in Lee County violated Monsanto’s licensing requirements and its patent for use of the company’s seeds.

Monsanto has a policy that prohibits farmers from saving or reusing the seeds once the crop is grown.

Farmers contend there is no patent on the seeds, which are products of nature.

  • A_citizen_patriot

    Unfortunatly it isnt just Monsanto that does this. I dont buy seed from them and I still have to agree not to hold seed back.

    • passin_threw

      now that’s not really true, you sign a tech agreement for the roundup ready traits and other gmo traits of seeds. if you’d rather save the seed costs by using bin run seed you can do that by purchasing any of the companies non-traited seed.

      • A_citizen_patriot

        Shall I take a picture of the tag on the bag that says im not allowed to use the seed from the plant I grow? I dont use round up ready. Although it is a hybrid plant.